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Table 2 Nutritional data (intent-to-treat analysis)

From: A randomised controlled comparison of early post-pyloric versus early gastric feeding to meet nutritional targets in ventilated intensive care patients

Variable Gastric group Median (IQR)
n = 54
Post-pyloric group Median (IQR)
n = 50
P value
Goal feed rate (ml/hour) 74 (69-81) 71.5 (59-79) 0.13
Time to initiate feed from admission or ventilation in hours 4.3 (2.9-6.5) 6.6 (4.5-13.0) 0.0002a
Time to reach goal from initiation of feeds in hours 4.3 (4.0-5.0) 4.1 (3.4-5.0) 0.3
Time to reach goal from admission or ventilation in hours 8.7 (7.6-13.0) 12.3 (8.9-17.5) 0.004b
Average daily energy required in Kcal 1588 (913-1892) 1463 (1232-1804) 0.7
Average daily energy deficit in Kcal 73 (2-288) 167 (70-411) 0.035
Day 1 energy deficit in Kcal 8 (0-178) 48 (0-361) 0.5
Average daily protein required in grams 69 (45-87) 63 (50-78) 0.5
Average daily protein deficit in grams 3.5 (0-15) 6.5 (2.8-17.3) 0.11
Day 1 protein deficit in grams 1 (0-4) 3 (0-13) 0.4
  1. aA comparison adjusting for age and Acute Physiologic and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE) II score was also significant (P < 0.001), bA comparison adjusting for age and APACHE II score was also significant (P = 0.011).
  2. IQR = interquartile range.